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Just in time for Thanksgiving, the Midwest and much of the U.S. Northeast are coming up on a significant snowstorm. If you’re traveling on Thanksgiving week, make note to schedule some extra time into your travel plans.

The National Weather Service’s prediction center expects a large-scale weather pattern to begin this weekend and run over into next week. Meteorologists are also looking at a significant drop in temperatures and heavy wind for early next week, which could make travel hazardous.

According to AccuWeather, the possible storm pattern could go into the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. “We could be looking at a huge mess and a real wrench in holiday travel,” AccuWeather chief meteorologist Jon Porter said.

For parts of Michigan, the snow could be heavy. “With this potential track, an area of heavy snow may spread across portions of Minnesota, northern Wisconsin, northern Michigan, and central portions of Ontario and Quebec,” Porter said. “As the storm strengthens and pushes into Canada, high winds could develop as temperatures plunge across the Midwest and then the Northeast.”

Porter added, “Shifting bands of lake-effect snow and snow squalls are then likely to unfold and could bring locally heavy accumulations from northern Indiana and Michigan to parts of Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New York state from Monday to Wednesday.”

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